With Winter sitting stubbornly on my front lawn I am beside myself waiting for spring, so to pacify myself I like to surround myself with as many living green things as possible, and that includes Terrariums.
Terrariums are so great because they can be as small or large as you like. And although the dictionary specifies that the container must be completed closed in order to be considered a “terrarium” in my opinion you can use glass container even if it has opening on or in it. And if you are willing to use an open container it opens up the world of terrariums and the plants (i.e. orchids. Yes, I said orchids!) you can use inside!
First things first, you need to gather your supplies:
• A Glass Container (Opened or Closed – your choice)
• Activated Charcoal (you can get this at your local pet store – in the fish care section)
• Potting Soil
• Spray Bottle of Water – to water your soil and terrarium. Mist them about once a week depending on the light and climate of the spot in your house.
Begin by laying a layer of small pebbles or gravel at the bottom of the container for drainage. If your container is see-through in this area of your terrarium you may want to choose some pretty rocks or sea glass.
And you only need the activated charcoal if you are using a sealed or closed container. It helps keep the air clean.
So lay about a 1/4 inch of this charcoal at the bottom of your container. And if your container has holes or openings in the bottom, lay a piece of hardware cloth to keep the charcoal from seeping out.
Then lay a layer of potting soil in your terrarium. The depth depends on the type of container and plants you are using.
The moss is used to lay on top of the soil. Not only does this does this help keep the moisture in the soil, but it also looks rather lovely!
Then plant! This is where your creativity has some free reign! You can create a woodland forest or tropical beach terrarium! The sky is the limit!
And think of terrarium plant selection that same way you think of garden plant selection … Plant the right plant for the right place. For example, don’t put succulents in a closed terrarium, they need more arid conditions. So either use an open container with more sand than soil or choose different plants.
Some plants to consider for your terrarium include:
• Nerve Plant
• Asparagus Fern
• Rabbits Foot Fern
• Button Fern (I could keep going on ferns … but you get the idea)
• Rex Begonia
• Strawberry Begonia
• Moon Valley Plant – or anything in the Pilea family will do very well!
It is so easy to create and build a terrarium – it is not rocket science. All you have to remember it to give it indirect light, mist (water) it regularly and choose the right plant for the right place! Truly anyone can do it!